Being gay in Africa can pose culturally specific challenges which the dominant, heterosexual culture may find difficult to accept.
While a few African countries have partly decriminalised LGBTQI persons, giving them better protection, there is still widespread discrimination against people with non-conforming sexual orientations and gender identities.
Artists move the dial when exploring the nuances of humanity. Their work helps us change perspective and have emotive dialogue about difficult themes. Here are some African visual artists using their mediums to reimagine sexuality, gender expression and identities.
They have championed sexual and gender minority rights, risked their lives to live boldly, educated their communities, and created art that depicts queer realities. Meet some of Africa’s Rising Queer Icons.
A significant number of Rwanda’s LGBT community experience hostility. This includes at work and when trying to access health services.
Queercide may seem far removed from heterosexual and heteronormative people but a society that does not strictly uphold the right to life and equal protection, under the law, for all people is dangerous for everyone.
Despite same-sex relations being criminal, social media is a space to come out and speak back to homophobia for the Nigerian tweeters in the study.
Reconciling faith and queer identity can often be a difficult space to navigate for those who do not subscribe to the heteronormative expectations upheld by many religious communities.
The Ugandan government is re-introducing the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. The punitive bill that was nullified in 2014 by the country’s Constitutional Court imposes the death penalty for persons found in breach. A government official said the ‘current penal law is limited’ and ‘those that do grave acts’ should be ‘given the death sentence’.